It’s true that Professor Ayers participated passionately in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, as did hundreds of thousands of Americans. His participation in political activity 40 years ago is history; what is most relevant now is his continued engagement in progressive causes, and his exemplary contribution—including publishing 16 books— to the field of education. – SupportBillAyers.org
Passionate participation in the civil rights movement? Is that what they’re calling domestic terrorism these days? I don’t claim any great familiarity with Professor Ayers, but whatever the merits of his scholarship, surely it behooves his fellow educators to at least acknowledge his problematic past?